Picks and Pans Review: Done with Mirrors
Before the original Aerosmith began disintegrating in 1979, the group was accomplished in all events of the hard rock pentathlon: hotel room trashing, internecine feuding, excessive chemical partying, bawdy lyric writing and mega-decibel amplification. Their reunion album (and first since 1979) is better than their history might have led one to expect. Joe Perry and Brad Whitford lay down the old juggernaut guitar sound. Drummer Joey Kramer hasn't lost his touch either, but Steven Tyler, whose voice in Aerosmith's heyday was the best part of the band, seems to have lost about an octave off the top end of his range. His tenuous grip on the high notes is going to make it hard in concert to render such old hits as Dream On. But he's gutsy enough to get by. Aerosmith is still erratic in terms of taste, and some songs—like My Fist Your Face—are abysmal. The group's talent for power rock is clear, however, on Let the Music Do the Talking and Shame on You When all else fails the record has the unobtrusive crisp sound of producer Ted Templeman. Since this LP may well lead to a tour, hotel managers should be warned: Aerosmith is back. (Geffen)
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